November 20, 2014

Shannon Reviews: The Trouble with Christmas by @KairaRouda

Release: November 10, 2014
At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?

The trouble with Christmas is there's always couples, you never know if it's real or a dream, and there's always family. 

Lily, a pastry chef has been jilted by her fiancĂ©e a month before Christmas. He's met someone and he's getting married on Christmas Day. So, her trouble with Christmas her couple isn't happening. She was with him for 5 years and he just dumped her. So she flies to Indigo Island with her best friend and her family, whom she spent most of her life with. In all reality, they are her family. That's another trouble with Christmas she has family that's not really her family. 

Cole moved to Indigo Island to try to make amends for his past. He was an investment banker and is sure he's ruined many people's lives. He's found a restaurant and a house and he's trying to help the owner of restaurant  to stay afloat. Not with much success. Then he runs into Lily and is invited for drinks at the Putnam Plantation.

During the party conversation he tells Lily everything and she decides she wants to help. Not because he's sexy, charming, and good looking but because she really wants to help the restaurant and to help him fulfill his dream of opening a boys and girls club and food pantry for the poorer families. 

There are sparks and chemistry abound. Lily and Cole grow very close over a few weeks and it looks like love could be in the air for them. That's one of her troubles with Christmas, is it real or will she wake up to find she's still at home?

Can Lily move on after her breakup? Will she be able to help Cole and his dream? Will there be much kissing under the mistletoe? If so, will it lead to true love and a wonderful life on an island? 

This is a very sweet and short story. It encompasses one of the meanings of Christmas. Giving. I hope you take the time to read it. 

Book provided by WordSmith Publicity for honest review. 

Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR.

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015.

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, @KairaRouda, and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more about Kaira and her books, please visit

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